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Borough Market: Edible Histories

Borough Market: Edible Histories

The perfect Christmas gift for the food lover in your life.

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‘Fascinating and entertaining – a pleasure to read.’ Claudia Roden

As a nation of food-lovers we have been munching on fruit and veg, drinking tea and coffee and adorning our dishes with oils and spices for generations, but have you ever stopped to wonder how our most beloved foods came to be the way they are now?

In this series of enlightening and highly entertaining essays, award-winning food writer Mark Riddaway travels back through the centuries to tell the fascinating, surprising and often downright bizarre stories of some of the everyday ingredients found at London’s Borough Market.

Discover how the strawberries we eat today had their roots in a clandestine trip to South America by a French spy whose surname happened to be Strawberry, why three-quarters of Britain’s late-18th-century intake of tea was sold on the black market, and what Sigmund Freud found so fascinating about eel genitalia.

From the humble apples and onions that we’ve grown on these shores for centuries, to more exotic ingredients like cinnamon and bananas that travel from across the world to finesse our food, Borough Market: Edible Histories offers a chance to digest the charming stories behind every last morsel.
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Genre: Europe / British Isles / United Kingdom, Great Britain / England / South & South East England / London, Greater London

On Sale: 12th November 2020

Price: £16.99

ISBN-13: 9781529349702

Reviews

The story of Borough Market mirrors the British food revolution. This book tells that story; deliciously, ingredient by ingredient.
William Sitwell
This is the perfect book for those moments when you find yourself in the kitchen wondering about how a particular ingredient found its way into our everyday culinary lives. It's as enticing as Borough Market always is, as witty as Mark Riddaway always is, and packed with the kind of knowledge I love.
Angela Clutton
Fascinating and entertaining - a pleasure to read.
Claudia Roden
It's so important that Borough and the food community are supported, and what better way of spreading the word than through the stories and histories of a most historic market that has become a unique beacon of good things.
Jeremy Lee
This book is for lovers of food and markets and history. It's also a book that everyone who eats should read. It is fascinating, informative and entertaining. Mark Riddaway effortlessly guides us though Borough, telling the story of the market and its produce with ease and grace.
Kay Plunkett-Hogge
Mark Riddaway's Edible Histories is thoroughly researched and engagingly written and belongs on the shelf of anyone interested in food history. Even if you are not interested, this is the book that will get you started.
Mark Kurlansky